Dr Arif Watto got PhD degree from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and masters degree from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-the leading agriculture university in Pakistan. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Sub-campus Depalpur, Okara, Pakistan. He has also served at the same position at the Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and the U.S. Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security (USPCAS-AFS) at the same university. His research areas mainly include water resource management, agricultural and environmental extension. Dr Watto has published in in various international journals such as Journal of Hydrology, Water Policy, Hydrogeology Journal and on a variety of topics related to water resource management, economics and policy.
Michael Mitchell is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) at Charles Sturt University in Australia. His expertise is in social dimensions of natural resource management, building on a PhD at ILWS investigating triple bottom line reporting with an irrigation company in NSW, Australia, and an MPhil at Sydney University investigated social and environmental consequences of hydropower development in the Mekong Basin. For the past four years, Dr Mitchell has been employed as part of an Australian government funded project to investigate how groundwater management in Pakistan can be improved, undertaken in collaboration with Pakistan groundwater managers and users. He has published in a wide array of international renown journals, including Society and Natural Resources, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, and Journal of Hydrology.
Safdar Bashir is an Assistant professor at the Department of Soil and Environmental Science, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Sub-campus Depalpur, Okara, Pakistan. He holds his PhD (Dr. rer. nat) in Geoscience from Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen and postdoc from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is an Environmental Geo-scientist with a passion for the technical aspects of encouraging sustainable resource use and stewardship of the environment. His main research focus is addressing the soil and water contamination and their sustainable management. He has already published various book chapters and scientific publications with renowned publishers including Springer, Elsevier, American Chemical Society etc. along with short correspondence/communications with Science and Nature publishers.